UPDATE Match 14, 2010: A comment below says that the restaurant is not open on Sundays now.
Last Thursday, another restaurant opened up in Pedregal, a suburb of David. One of the Chiriquí Chatter readers had sent me an email about this new restaurant and recommended that I try it. Sunday seemed like a good day. To get to the restaurant, you drive as it you are going to the David airport and you just keep going straight all the way until the road ends. On the right side of the road is the entrance to the marina and that is where you will find the restaurant.
I have not been to this area to eat in almost 4 years. The restaurant has been updated and has a large outdoor area, that will handle plenty of people. Here is one photo, and there is another area to the other side that is even larger.
If you prefer, there is an area inside as well.
I caught our waitress just as she was leaving the bar area. She would probably have dropped the tray, if she had known her photo was going on the Internet.
Here are the hours of operation.
The menu had plenty of items to chose from. The prices seemed reasonable to me.
The restaurant is right on the marina and there were a fair amount of boats docked there. I saw one that said Costa Rica and another that said Amsterdam.
My plate came out first. I ordered surf and turf (brocheta mar y tierra) and French fries (not in the photo). It was extremely good. It is always difficult to cook shrimp and beef on a kabob and not get the shrimp too done or the beef too rare. This was perfect.
The second plate was fish in a garlic sauce. I was told it was good.
The last dish was fish in lemon sauce. I was told it was good also.
I got a slice of the lemon pie to go. I ate it in the house and I give it high marks.
One of the more interesting parts of this trip was getting to talk to the owner, Walter Unholz. He is a swiss chef and recently moved to Panama after living in Costa Rica for the last 12 years. For anyone considering Panama vs. Costa Rica, you should go to this restaurant, have a great meal, and then chat with Walter. Anyone that then makes the move to Costa Rica will do it well warned.
I appreciate the reader that sent me the recommendation to go to Stella’s Marina Restaurant. I had a great time in a relaxed atmosphere with very good food. I need to quit reviewing restaurants, or start walking more.
UPDATED September 26, 2011. Following is a video driving to Stella’s.